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Very good sound quality,
This review is from: Yamaha MCR-040RE Micro Component System (Red) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
I wish I could rate this unit separately based on sound quality and functionality. Sound quality would be a definite five star, but a tad of a design/functionality flaw I'd rate it 3.
The sound quality of the unit is absolutely amazing! Such a tiny thing producing such awsome sound! One of the nice things about it is that you can move the speakers away from the unit. This way the stereo sound is even more enjoyable, and more pronounced. It has a very nice, deep bass, and clear highs. However, you can customize it to your liking, because it has adjustable, bass, treble, and balance controls. You can also dim the display panel - if you wish.
It stores 30 FM preset radio stations. Comes with an FM wire antenna that you can conveniently plug in at the back of the unit. It does not have AM reception - in case you wonder.
As you prolly read from the details by now, it plays MP3 and WMA sounds/music from CD-R/CD-RW discs, USB flash drives, iPhone/iTouch/iPods, and from an external/portable source. Unfortunately it does not read songs/MP3s stored on DVDs only CD-R/CD-RWs. If you plug in an iTouch/iPod, you can navigate it via the remote control. Eg, you can scroll the songs up/down, you can navigate outside/inside to a different folder/category/play list etc. The LCD display can display the playing time, remaining time, artist name, song name, album name.
It does have an alarm that you can set to wake up to your iPod/iPhone/iTouch, CD, radio or USB drive. It also have a sleep function.
Now here is the bad part, or should I say, inconvenient part. When you turn the unit off, it does not display ANYTHING on its display panel. It means that if you have set an alarm you will not know it because you'll be staring at a blank display. If you have an alarm set and the unit is ON, it will display an indicator that you have a timer set. Also, if the unit is off, it does not display the time either. As a matter of fact, even if the unit is on, it only displays the time when you hold the "DISPLAY" button on the remote for 2 seconds, and even then, the time will be displayed for only a second or two, and then it will switch back to display info about the currently playing media. So this is a disappointing reality.
I think this is the only thing about this unit that is annoying. If the unit incorporates a wake up timer and a sleep timer function (not to mention a clock), why on earth I am not able to see it or have it displayed when the unit is off!? This design flaw is a definite three star (or less)!
(Also just as a comment, you can use it only on one voltage setting. Eg, if you bought it in the states (110V) but plan to move or use it in Europe for whatever reason (220V) it won't work.)
Otherwise it's a great little unit that provides very good sound quality.
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Initial post: Oct 14, 2010 12:45:18 PM PDT
Nick Talwar says:
Great review, thank you. How hard would it be to connect this unit to wireless for audio streaming from pandora and other services?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2010 1:03:54 PM PDT
Unfortunately, I can't answer that. I know that there is a different model number (but otherwise exactly the same unit and features, etc) that has a wireless module. This way you can hook up your iPhone/Touch/Pad, etc and use it wireless. As far as Pandora and such, you might wanna contact Yamaha.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2010 8:57:31 PM PST
If you have a wireless iPod, you just have to use the Pandora application to listen to Pandora. Otherwise, I don't think you can use the unit to connect wirelessly to a network.
Posted on Dec 31, 2010 3:13:48 PM PST
I've been looking for a stereo alarm that is completely dark at night- so this is perfect for me!
Posted on Jan 10, 2011 12:51:23 AM PST
The product documentation only mentions iPod Touch compatibility, not iPhone. Can anyone confirm that an iPhone adapter can be connected to the base unit?
Also, iPod compatibility is only referenced with regard to connecting to the base unit--what about attaching to the MCR-140 wireless module? Does it require use of an adapter as well, or can any iPod (iPhone?) be attached?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2011 4:09:02 AM PST
We have attached an iPod Nano (latest gen.), an iPod Touch 2nd gen. with the latest software and an older iPod to it with no problem. I don't see why you couldn't attach an iPhone. We don't have the wireless module.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2011 4:10:18 AM PST
If you have an iPod Touch, you can just download the Pandora application to stream music wirelessly from the iPod.
Posted on Dec 28, 2011 6:28:32 PM PST
I read this unit does NOT have an AM radio? Is that true?
That really limits its usefulness. Does it likewise not have an input for a cassette deck?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 7:58:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2011 7:59:08 PM PST
It does NOT have AM radio.
It does have an aux line-in where you can connect other sources, such as a cassette deck, but the plug is a 3.5mm stereo mini jack. It does not have RCA or other type of inputs. You can check yamaha's website for detailed specs or even for the manual.
Posted on Feb 29, 2012 10:44:34 PM PST
You can't expect a unit that is designed to run on a 110-120 volt system to also work on a 220 volt system. In all of my years of purchasing electronics, I have never seen a music system that had a 110/220 switch. If you were to move to Europe, all you'd need to do is purchase a voltage convertor that plugs into the wall. They can be bought for less than $40.